Private dream, public reality
A former supervisor at a minimum-security private prison in Beattyville Kentucky was charged with four counts of marijuana smuggling at the Lee Adjustment Center(33 ).
A private Prison in Youngstown Ohio had reports of assaults, stabbing, and an inmate revolt. When Youngstown tried investigating they (CCA) refused to let them in, and Youngstown had no authority to go in(34).
A federal grand jury in Tennessee awarded a teenager 3 million dollars who was hog tied, Maced. and thrown against the wall by CCA guards. This suit opens the door for 21 other teenagers who accused, CAA guards improperly punished them or assaulted them (35 ).
A worker in a private prison hit an inmate in the mouth and told the other workers to release him so he could "beat his ass."(36 ).
Human Rights Watch condemned a youth prison in Jena, La. The US Government asked a federal judge to enjoin Wackenhut's Jena Juvenile Justice Center from using harsh behavior control methods that included corporal punishment and gas grenades. On April 5, 2000 Wackenhut agreed to surrender control of its 15-month-old juvenile prison in Jena, La. That came a week after the U.S. Justice Department named Wackenhut in a lawsuit seeking to protect imprisoned boys from harm at the hands of guards and fellow inmates (37 ).
Brazoria County Detention Center in Angleton, Texas, a Capital Correctional Resources Incorporated (CCRI) facility, guards made a "training video" of themselves beating, stun-gunning, and unleashing dogs on naked prisoners from Missouri. Injured inmates were dragged face down back to their cells. After the guards' rampage, cell block telephones were cut off, preventing the Missouri captives from calling home(38 ).
On August 1999 Wackenhut private prison guard Ralph Garcia was killed in a New Mexico facility. This was followed by three days of rioting(39 ).